The festivities may seem like a lifetime ago, but for many parents the finical hangover can last much longer. January is a disreputably tough month for people all over the world, but for families, the managing finances can be a struggle. And keeping kids entertained and occupied in the cold, dark winter, can be difficult when you’re keeping a tight hold of the pennies. But there are things you can do to with children this winter that won’t cost the earth. Here’s just five of the best:
Have a family film day
Although we are all for keeping children entertained away from the screen, getting the family together for a lazy family film day is one of the nicest ways to spend a cold, dark Sunday. Although you may think you’ll have seen each other enough this Christmas, the likelihood is you’ll have all been too busy cooking, planning, travelling and seeing other family members, that you may struggle to think of a time it was just you. So grab your favourite films, put the popcorn in the microwave and get that hot chocolate ready for a day on the sofa together under a blanket.
Just because its winter, it doesn’t mean that creativity can go out the window. Swing open the art cupboard, dig out the paint, caulks, PVA glue and paper and get making something. And don’t just stop at paintings and pictures. Why not take it to the next level and create a papier-mâché plant pot, a pom pom garland or even channel the 70s and get tie-dyeing a t-shirt?
Cook a hearty meal
Teaching children to cook can either be easy or difficult, depending on the child. But there’s no better time to get them interested in the kitchen than in winter. Winter demands warm, scrumptious meals with a lot of simple ingredients that kids can easily get their heads around. If you want to really get them involved, decide together what you’ll all eat for dinner then get chopping and cooking in preparation.
Get active outside
Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about. Kids love getting out and going somewhere new, so go for a walk or a bike ride in the unexplored countryside or even visit an outdoor play centre. As long as it’s not frosty, kids will love to play on slides and swings just as much as in the summer. And what’s more, it won’t be too crowded either. If you’re looking to get your family moving, check out our blog for keeping active this winter.
Bring the outdoors in with a sleepover
Socialising is one of the most important parts when it comes to growing new skills. So why not invite a few friends over for a sleepover with a difference? Set up tents and sleeping bags in the living room and let them enjoy bringing the outdoors in for the night.
Do you have any tips for keeping kids occupied on a budget this winter? Let us know!